A philosophical post about the future direction of the site…

I’ve decided that the site will henceforth focus more on the store location histories and commercial archaeology aspect of things rather than on specific chain histories. I’ve been sort of focused in that direction for quite a while now anyway, so I guess this just means I’m making it more “official.” The location research has become the part I really enjoy anyway, and the chain histories are being done better in other places (heck, even Wikipedia, in some cases), so this seems like a logical way to proceed.

This doesn’t mean I’m going to get rid of the chain histories. I just won’t be doing much with them going forward. I will, however, be adding links to all of them, detailing interesting sources on other sites, so please send those when you see them! I’m also going to be concentrating on adding many more photos and assorted archival material to those pages.

And this freed from the pressure of “fixing” pages I’m only moderately interested in fixing (and have only minimal time for), I plan to do the following with the rest of the site:

  • Continue to add many more location lists.
  • Get back to adding store photos, now that I’m getting my photo sorting and hosting options in better shape.
  • Get more detailed on the city-level pages with respect to history and dates, wherever possible, including posting of archival material I’ve accumulated.
  • Move more into mapping.
  • Continue “on the road” updates and article-sharing via Twitter.

Hold me to it! Comments and feedback welcome in the comments or on the Message Board.

Comments

2 Responses to “The turning point (or something)”
  1. Ralph Walton says:

    Hey there,

    I LOVE the website and the direction it is taking and wanted to share with you something that I am wokring on. Having moved to Phoenix last year and being fascinated with retail grocery history, I’ve embarked on a project to track historical locations of supermarkets. Phoenix is fairly easy because it is recently developed (generally post-WW2, save for parts of downtown) and newspaper ads typically displayed store locations, Bashas’ and Safeway being the exceptions. I am trying to do the same in my hometown of Chicago, but the sheer number of stores makes that difficult. Jewel alone had over 350 stores in the area back in the 1960’s. As soon as I find a telephone directory archive I’ll be golden!

    Anyhow, wanted to share that with you. I will be glad to send you my results if you are interested.

    Keep up the great work!!!

    Ralph

  2. Groceteria says:

    Thanks! If you want some suggestions on doing address research, I’ll be happy to send you some. I’m working on a methodology page for the site right now. A big one is that city directories are much more reliable than phone books.good luck, and yes, I’d love to see your work!

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